Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA)
How To Prepare
Before you have a prostate-specific antigen (PSA), tell your doctor if you have had a:
- Test to look at your bladder (Reference cystoscopy Opens New Window) in the past several weeks.
- Prostate needle biopsy or prostate surgery in the past several weeks.
- Digital rectal exam in the past several weeks.
- Prostate infection (prostatitis) or an Reference urinary tract infection (UTI) Opens New Window that has not gone away.
- Tube (Reference catheter Opens New Window) inserted into your bladder to drain urine recently.
Do not ejaculate for 24 hours before your PSA blood test, either during sex or masturbation.
Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding the need for the test, its risks, how it will be done, or what the results will mean. To help you understand the importance of this test, fill out the medical test information form (What is a Reference PDF Opens New Window document?).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 22, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology